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Check in with your routine checkups this week. Get appointments on your calendar for health visits you might be neglecting, such as primary care or the dentist. Your health is worth the effort.

Aging Gracefully Means Living Proactively

We know the best defense is a good offense – and yet… Many Americans live in the reactive phase when it comes to their approach to health care,” said Dr. Jerome Aya-Ay, primary care physician at Palmetto Proactive Healthcare.
Don’t wait for something to happen to react: react to this. Dr. Aya-Ay stressed the importance of a proactive mind-set and regular visits to providers, especially for seniors. Part of this effort means being aware of inherent aging risks and making lifestyle-related efforts to address them.
LIving Proactively:

  • Eat a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D to combat osteoporosis.
  • Engage in regular activity to stress bones and improve bone density.
  • Have a primary care physician keep track of and adjust medications to help avoid side effects and negative interactions among multiple medicines.
  • See a physician every three months or more frequently if there are specific health concerns that need to be addressed.


Clinical studies by the numbers:
1 in 4 adults have had arthritis diagnosed by a doctor;
Nearly 26 million people struggle with everyday activities because of arthritis;
1 in 3 adults with arthritis are not physically active.*
Looking to empower your health and happiness journey? HealthLinks readers’ choice for Best Personal Trainer was Joey Welling of Ethos Athletic Club. He founded the club and the culture and energy rooted in integrity, discipline and growth. He is committed to positivity and empowerment to cultivate confident, strong and healthy athletes. Check out who else was voted Best in Health!

May 20 - Bingo & Brews at Tradesman Brewing Co. - Swing by one of Charleston’s best local breweries for food and drinks and try your luck at bingo. All bingo card proceeds and donations benefit Respite Care Charleston, which supports families living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

May 21 - Giving it a “Tri.” - Support or compete in She Tris, a women’s triathlon event. Athletes launch from the I’On Club in Mount Pleasant and complete a 200-yard swim, 9-mile bike ride and 2-mile run.

What did the window repairman with arthritis say to the broken window?

I feel your pane.

What’s your favorite dietary source of Vitamin D? (pick one)
A) Salmon
B) Tuna
C) Egg yolks
D) Beef liver

   A B C D 
Previous poll results:
What’s your favorite thing about nurses?
11.1% said stylish scrubs;
33.3% said incredible patience;
44.4% said prepared for anything;
11.1% said knowledge in many medical areas.

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*Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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